Hike the scenic backcountry trails of the Canadian Rockies without sacrificing the comforts of home on this hotel-based hiking tour. The Canadian Rockies surrounding Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise contain a lifetime of walking and hiking opportunities. Eight National and Provincial Mountain Parks are within easy driving distance. The scenery is classically magnificent - steely grey limestone peaks are clothed in forests, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and, not far west of Canmore, glaciers. The forest cover of the valley floors is broken by frequent lakes and beaver ponds. Towards treeline the forest thins, alpine larches appear as forests give way to alpine meadows.
From late May to mid August the forest and especially the meadows are lit in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August wildflower color is replaced by the reds and golds of Fall. September is in some ways the most spectacular month as the alpine larches turn the treeline into a blazing line of gold and incandescent aspens that speckle the valley floors.
Your guides live and play in these mountains and they really enjoy showing them to you. The first two days hiking are based in Canmore before you move to Banff and Lake Louise based hiking days. Your guides look forward to introducing you to the great hiking there is in the Canadian Rockies. This is a hotel based trip so you carry light day packs and sleep in a comfortable bed each night.